Top Wellness Spas

Indulge in some rest and relaxation at the top wellness spas around the world.

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

Each year, nearly 3 million visitors take in the waters at the Kusatsu Onsen, a 2-hour drive from Tokyo. 960 1280

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

A trip to the Onsen is a part of Japanese culture, and locals head to the natural hot springs water at Kusatsu Onsen for relaxing and relief from muscle pain, hypertension and other ailments. 960 1280

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Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

The view from the open-air rooftop pool at Britain's Thermae Spa overlooks the city of Bath and the Abbey. 960 1280

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Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa is the only spot in Britain where you can soak in the mineral waters, which that the Celts and Romans enjoyed more than 2,000 years ago. 960 1280

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Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs

Visitors have been taking the waters at Chena Hot Springs, deep in Alaska's interior, since 1905 when visiting prospectors discovered the water's healing nature. 960 1280

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Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs

Winter is the busiest time of year at Chena's Hot Springs when the 105-degree water offers a reprieve from the cold. Soakers may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights over head. 960 1280
Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Soaking in the baths is a way of life in Budapest, sometimes called Spa City, thanks to the healing waters found at spots like the Szechenyi, largest outdoor thermal bath in all of Europe. 960 1280

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Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Reykjadalur Hot Springs

A hike through the Reykjadalur valley to the thermal steam vents and boiling hot pools is the perfect place for outdoor bathing. 960 1280

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Gellert Baths

Gellert Baths

Explore the beautiful Art Nouveau style thermal baths at Hotel Gellert in Budapest. 960 1280

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Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Spa is a Napa Valley institution, helping locals and visitors relax in bubbling mud baths in Calistoga, CA, since 1952. 960 1280

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort  

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

At Dr. Wilkinson's Spa, guests can relax in a warm mud baths with plenty of healing properties thanks to pure volcanic ash and Canadian peat or enjoy one of the many bath house treatments available. 960 1280

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Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa

Spa treatments at the Polynesian Spa overlooking New Zealand's Lake Rotorua include a mud wrap using the thermal mud that's believed to have healing properties. 960 1280

Polynesian Spa  

Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa

There's no shortage of healing water at the Polynesian Spa, with 2 natural hot mineral springs and 26 soaking pools filled with soothing alkaline water. 960 1280

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Athletic Volunteerism
Athletic Volunteerism

Athletic Volunteerism

Get fit, give back, and see a new city at the same time. According to Cheapflights.com, this year will see an increase in athletic volunteerism, a trend fueled by growing participation in mega sports events like the New York City Marathon. Biking more your thing? Check out events like the Ride to End AIDS, a 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to LA. 960 1280

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Detox and Unplugged Vacations

Detox and Unplugged Vacations

On a quest for quiet? Need to unplug from your gadgets? Resorts and hotels are answering our growing addiction to technology with detox vacation packages that promise not to have Wi-Fi or TV on isolated grounds, but rather wellness services like yoga and meditation -- all designed to quiet your mind. 960 1280

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Vacation With Your Pet

Vacation With Your Pet

According to a recent PetRelocation.com survey, nearly 1/3 of all pet owners planned to travel outside the US with their pets this past year. Pet travel is likely to grow, as more hotels and airlines, such as Pet Airways, continue to make it easier to bring your pooch along on your next break. And since traveling with your pet guarantees a more active vacation, you won’t have to worry about hitting the hotel gym. 960 1280

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Weight-Loss Camps

Weight-Loss Camps

Want to take off work and pounds at the same time? The Biggest Loser resort at Fitness Ridge, in Ivins, UT, offers healthy meals, a day full of exercise, the power of group motivation, and plenty of spectacular scenery with daily canyon hikes. 960 1280

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Healthier Options for In-Flight Meals

Healthier Options for In-Flight Meals

Fruit on a plane? For some airlines, yes. Air Canada and Virgin America offer the healthiest in-flight food, a recent nutritional survey found. Pictured here is Virgin America’s “protein box,” sure to help give you an energy boost on your next redeye. 960 1280

  

Healthier Cruise Ships

Healthier Cruise Ships

When you think of taking a cruise, you may think of buffet food and unlimited drinks, aka a vacation of overindulgence. But in 2012, cruise lines are offering more ways to experiment with fitness trends or at least keep up with your daily workout regimen. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers yoga, Pilates, personal trainers, daily organized walks around the deck, and even pools with waves for resistance swimming. 960 1280

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Holistic Holidays

Holistic Holidays

Top US spas, such as Miraval near Tucson, AZ, offer more than physical benefits. In addition to helping you find your freshest layer of skin, Miraval’s spa services help calm your inner core enjoy with programs designed around mindfulness and self-discovery. 960 1280

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Fitness Friendly Hotels

Fitness Friendly Hotels

Hotels are feeling the pressure to offer healthier food options and better exercise facilities for travelers who don’t want to fall off the health wagon while on vacation. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts not only offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment, but also studio classes and personal trainers. 960 1280

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Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism

From Lasik to knee replacement, the high cost of health care is continuing to push a growing numbers of Americans to go abroad for health care. Perhaps it’s easier to recover from surgery, too, in tropical paradises like Costa Rica and Thailand. 960 1280

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Spa Breaks Not Just for Women

Spa Breaks Not Just for Women

Spas aren’t just for the girls anymore. Couples are choosing romantic spa getaways. Don’t worry, guys. Spas are making services more appealing to men, too, with less “girly” options, such as sports massages and gentlemen’s facials. 960 1280

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